The Monday Melange 03.29.10: Tiger Woods, Urban Meyer

–So it’s official:  Tiger Woods is going to make his comeback at the Masters.  I wonder who will be the first to yell out “GET IN THE HOLE!!!!!”  when Tiger Woods is playing, and who will be the first to respond with “That’s what she said!!!!!”

–AJC sports columnist Jeff Schultz says that Tiger Woods is making the right call by returning to golf at the Masters.  The Masters is an extremely controlled atmosphere; the peeps at Augusta National will see to it that nobody from TMZ or the National Enquirer gets within fifty miles of them.  And if anyone has the bright idea to pull that “Get in the hole/That’s what she said” stunt, their badge will be irrevocably confiscated.  That’s assuming they live to tell the story, which is by no means a sure thing.

Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel offers a dissenting opinion.  He notes that much of what Tiger Woods has done up to this point has overshadowed the PGA–such as that statement he made last month right in the middle of the Accenture tournament, and that interview he did last Sunday right after the Transitions Championship finished up.  He offers the opinion that despite whatever Tiger Woods may say to the contrary, he still thinks it’s all about himself.

–Urban Meyer is back in the news again this week.  He just got into it with a reporter who quoted a player who allegedly slighted Tim Tebow by saying that his replacement, John Brantley, is “a real quarterback”.  Sounds crazy, doesn’t it?  So does much that has happened at Florida during this offseason.  The quoted player was wide receiver Deonte Thompson, and if you read the quote it sounds like he was saying that Brantley is a more conventional, drop-back-style passer, and it will be easier for the receivers to work with that.  Here is the quote in its entirety.  You be the judge:

You never know with Tim…You can bolt, you think he’s running but he’ll come up and pass it to you. You just have to be ready at all times. With Brantley, everything’s with rhythm, time. You know what I mean, a real quarterback.

Of course, the quote blew up nationally.  And how did Urban Meyer respond?  I will let Orlando Sentinel reporter Jeremy Fowler tell you in his own words:

“You’ll be out of practice — you understand that? — if you do that again,” said Meyer, while a couple of spectators still sat in the stands. “I told you five years ago: Don’t mess with our players. Don’t do it. You did it. You do it one more time and the Orlando Sentinel’s not welcome here ever again. Is that clear? It’s yes or no.” (finger pointing toward the face)

“Urban, come on. Don’t make any threats,” I said. “That’s fine. I’ll play by rules.  But all I was doing is quoting the guy. I don’t think I was the only one.”

“You’re a bad guy, man,” Meyer said. “You’re a bad guy.”

Here is the full post from Jeremy Fowler.  And here is a post from Mike Bianchi saying that Urban Meyer was wrong to threaten Fowler.

I thought Urban Meyer was taking a leave of absence in order to step away from the stresses and strains of a high-profile job like Florida and get some sanity back into his life.  I am pleased to see that it is apparently working quite well.

Crazy times down at the UF.  Gotta love it.